Preserving Digital Images | Archival Storage & Presentation Solutions

The introduction of digital print sizes created the need for archival storage and presentation materials to fit these new dimensions, something that Archival Methods has done with an array of museum-quality products.

Archival Methods offers acid-free presentation and storage options designed and sized for displaying and preserving your digital print formats.

Using the 13 x 19″ digital print illustrated below, let’s take a quick look at the archival solutions we’ve specifically designed to work with the new digital media sizes.

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Photo credit: Joel Swartz

Preserving Digital Images: Archival Sleeves & Bags

It is important to protect the surface of digital prints, as they can be quite delicate. Moisture,  fingerprints, and abrasions can permanently damage them.

No matter which archival storage or presentation portfolio you choose for your digital images, it’s always best to protect your delicate prints in archival sleeves and bags. This will help prevent any damage during handling or stacking.

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Side Loading Print Sleeve.

Our polyester Side Loading Print Sleeve is one of the best sleeves available. These sleeves have two open ends and each sleeve has a fold-lock side that securely holds your image. It also opens completely to eliminate the need to slide prints in or out of the enclosure, which helps to prevent abrasion. Unparalleled strength and optical clarity—just perfect for preserving digital images and their inherently delicate surfaces.

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Crystal Clear Bags

This versatile polypropylene Crystal Clear Bag has a resealable adhesive closure strip running along one of the short sides, as shown on the far left side of this image, while the other three sides are sealed (the print shown is lying on top of the bag). This allows you to seal in your digital images, protecting them while providing easy access to your work. The adhesive strip is on the bag, not the flap, which keeps your print safe when re-inserting it.

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3-Sided Sleeves

The 3-Sided Polypropylene Sleeve is sealed on three sides and open on the remaining short side (the print shown is lying on top of the sleeve). Sized to accommodate mounted digital prints or storing multiple work prints, this high-clarity enclosure offers both surface protection and easy access.preserving digital images

Truly a workhorse enclosure, the Polyethylene Bag has many uses—including preserving digital images with delicate surfaces. Each bag is sealed on three sides, with a flap on the open short side as shown in the far left of this picture (the print shown is lying on top of the bag). This bag is recommended for work prints and other applications where utility is a top priority. 

Preserving Digital Images: Mat Board / Matting / Interleaving

In addition to classic standard sizes (8 x 10″ / 11 x 14″ / etc.), Archival Methods now offers 100% Cotton Museum Mat Board / Pre-Cut Mats / & interleaving materials that are designed specifically for digital print formats (8.5 x 11″ / 13 x 19″ / etc.). All of these fine products maintain the same museum-quality standards on which we’ve built our long-standing reputation.

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100% Cotton Museum Mat Board

Available in a range of colors & thicknesses, this classic acid-free mat board is used by galleries & museums worldwide, and it’s now available is sizes specifically geared toward enhancing & preserving digital images. (more information)


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Pre-Cut Exhibition Mats

Expert workmanship combined with top-of-the-line materials will result in elegant & professional matting of all your digital images. Whether intended for your portfolio or for framing, these pre-cut / pre-hinged mats will enhance anything you place in them. They’re ready to use right out of the package, and by exercising a bit of care they can be reused again & again. (more information)

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Archival Thin Paper

This high-quality acid-free paper can be used to interleave your loose prints in any storage box, and used for placement under window mats (see image below). It is thicker than most interleaving tissues so it is easier to handle, while still retaining a degree of translucency that will allow you to see what is in your mat without the need to open it. Available in pre-cut sheets & rolls, both sized for digital formats. (more information)

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Preserving Digital Images: Archival Storage Boxes & Presentation Portfolios

Archival Methods offers a wide variety of well-made storage boxes & presentation portfolios, which are now available in dedicated digital sizes. If you’re looking for ways to showcase your digital images during important presentations, or to protect your work in storage, our elegant acid-free boxes & portfolios are the answer.

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3-Inch Drop Front Boxes

Made of high-quality boxboard in our own onsite facilities, these versatile & utilitarian boxes are available in a number of colors and can be used to store any digital format you have. As their name implies, the front panel “drops down” (see image below) to provide easy & safe access to your matted & unmatted work. (more information)

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1-1/2″ Drop Front Boxes

Similar in design to our 3″ version of the same product illustrated above, this sleek box can be used for both storage and as an inexpensive presentation portfolio. Sophisticated white or black surfaces and an easy-in / easy-out drop front make this contemporary-looking box a perfect presentation option for your digital prints. (more information)

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Museum Drop Front Box

This dynamic presentation & storage box is perfect for displaying your matted or unmatted digital photographs & large artwork. The front “drops down,” while the removable lid makes access to your work during key presentations quick & easy, as it can be completely removed & either placed out of the way or used as a tray to hold the prints you’ve already shown as you go through your portfolio. (more information)


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Onyx Portfolio Box

Available in a host of sizes—including digital formats—nothing says “you’ve arrived” better than having your work showcased in these classic yet timeless portfolio boxes. Durable & elegant, with a top and spine that fold flat for easy and safe access (see image below), these boxes will last for years, allowing you to maximize your investment while showing your work in the best possible light. (more information)

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Preserving Digital Images: Folios & Binders

Rather than a full portfolio, sometimes all you need for certain meetings are a few images in a convenient folio or binder that will allow you to make stunning presentations both quickly & easily. Here are two such presentation solutions, specifically sized for your various digital formats.

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Digital Print Folio

This sleek print folio offers sophistication & convenience that will enhance all your digital print presentations. Hidden magnetic clasps securely close this folio, while interior flaps ensure that nothing will “fall out” in transit (see images below). When open the spine and back fold completely flat, while the flaps open for easy access to your work. (more information)

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Itoya Art Profolio

Some presentations require the speed associated with just turning pages, and this practical yet professional 100% archival portfolio binder is perfect for such situations. Available in 7 sizes, including common digital formats such as 8.5 x 11″ and 13 x 19″, this presentation binder can be used again & again as your portfolio grows & evolves. (more information)

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Preserving Digital Images: The Last Word

We would be remiss if we did not mention the importance of your original digital files, as these too need organization & care. While we’re sure that you already know of the importance of backing up your hard drives & digital files, here’s another step to consider.

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USB / Memory Card Storage Kit

Many photographers & artists working in digital media have stray USB thumb drives & camera memory cards floating around. Yet even when these devices are stored where you can find them it’s often difficult to know exactly what’s on any particular drive or card. This all-in-one kit will allow you to locate the exact digital files you’re looking for—exactly when you need them. You can index & store up to 48 USB drives, dozens of camera memory cards, even CDs and 35mm slides, all in a compact archival box that will fit anywhere in your studio or office. (more information


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From 19th century albumen prints to digital images made last Thursday, look to Archival Methods for all your acid-free storage & presentation needs.

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